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Cases against two men filed in Independence County Circuit Court

Prosecutors have filed cases against two men in Independence County Circuit Court.

In one case, Dustin Scott Clem (pictured above, left), 29, has been charged with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine. One count involved 2 grams up to 10 grams of meth, and the second involved a larger amount — 10 grams or more of meth. The first count is a Class B felony, and the second count is a Class Y felony. If convicted, the Class Y felony carries the most jail time and the largest fine.

The circuit court information details the use of confidential informants to purchase meth from Clem. The court documents also said Clem is being prosecuted under the Habitual Offender Act.

His bond has been set at $76,000.


In a separate incident, Russell Joseph King (pictured above, right), 43, was arrested last Thursday while he was in Batesville. Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody observed the truck that King was driving as having an expired license plate. Moody stopped the vehicle on 20th St., across from the Batesville Community Center.

The court information said King gave Moody a Missouri-issued driver’s license identifying him as Devin Kyler Cooper. When Moody brought King out of the truck to search him, Moody found another driver’s license identifying him as Russell Joseph King.

The suspect was also found to have warrants for his arrest, some in other states. Moody placed King under arrest and searched the truck in which he found an amount of meth and drug paraphernalia, according to the court info.

As another deputy, Adam McGilton, was placing King in his patrol car, King bolted and ran. Deputies gave chase and took King back into custody near the north end of Row Lake.

A National Crime Information Center check found that the truck King was driving had been stolen from an address in Benton, Ark. The sheriff’s office is now holding the vehicle to be returned to the rightful owner.

Meanwhile, King is now in the Independence County Detention Facility on five charges: possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree escape, theft by receiving, and resisting arrest

King’s bond was set by the judge at $100,000.

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